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Water Removal Rids Your Oakland Home of Damaging Water after Pipes Break

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Rids Your Oakland Home of Damaging Water after Pipes Break Water Stains Indicate Large Problems for Property Owners in Oakland, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Large Volumes of Water Can Cause Significant Damage--Call SERVPRO Fast

Pipes inside your home can break at any time, day or night, and on average a ¾-inch pipe spews out about 1350 gallons per hour. While not much bigger, if your Oakland home has 1-inch pipes, the amount surges to almost double that amount and releases 2100 gallons per hour.

In Oakland, SERVPRO is always ready to perform water removal and extraction services to get your home dry again. We use submersible pumps that remove the water almost as quickly and prepare the area for our team to use smaller units. Responding Faster to Any Size Disaster, we know that every minute counts. Damaging effects of water begin almost immediately.
 
The longer the water remains, the worse and more extensive damage becomes, reaching into other areas of your home as water, moisture, and water vapor spread. Even the air can become saturated until we restore your home's interior back to its normal dry condition. Dehumidification is hugely crucial to ridding the interior of a home from excess moisture. Less water vapor means more rapid removal of the unwanted water.
 
SERVPRO technicians hold certifications from the IICRC and know how to use various techniques and methods to dry the different materials inside your home. We take readings of your walls, floors, and the air, as well, and then compare these readings to established moisture-content listings. Until the materials inside your home reach these same levels, we continue drying things out.
 
For problematic areas that retain water more strongly, we build simple drying chambers that allow us to concentrate efforts in specific areas while other areas in your residence continue drying at a different rate. Similar to this, we use heated floor mats that extract the moisture that evaporates out from under floorboards. Also, using flexible tubing permits us to air out the cavities and dead spaces in your house's architecture. We force warm, dry air into these spaces to reduce the wetness.
 
When you find your home flooded with water from a broken water line, call us, SERVPRO of San Leandro, at (510) 352-2480. We can try to make everything “Like it never even happened.” with fast and efficient water removal services.

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Fire Damage Experts In Oakland Describe Mitigating Structural Problems

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts In Oakland Describe Mitigating Structural Problems If a fire ever burns somewhere on your property in Oakland, it can torch just about everything in its path.

Fire Damage Experts Describe Mitigating Structural Problems

If a fire ever burns somewhere on your property in Oakland, it can torch just about everything in its path. If a blaze gets hot enough, it can use just about anything as fuel. The longer a fire burns, the more of your building's structure and contents it can engulf. The hotter flames get, the more items they can consume in a smaller area. Homes are built with layers of materials, and it is possible that one or more of these structural layers get ruined.

In most cases, when building materials or your possessions get severely charred, they get removed and replaced. When mitigating fire damage in Oakland, removing burnt items is the first step in every restoration project. When most things inside a home burn, they get ruined and must be replaced before reconstruction and the final cleaning process take place. Heat can partially combust building materials and cause them to lose their structural integrity. In some cases, our SERVPRO technicians can treat and refinish objects that get charred, reducing the overall cost of the job.

For example, if a fire burns inside your kitchen, several materials can receive different levels of damage. In places where the heat is the most extreme, flames can burn through the drywall and burn the wooden studs inside the wall cavity. If this scenario ever takes place, our SERVPRO restoration crew cuts the drywall and removes as far out to where it is no longer affected, and the charred wood studs get pulled from their positions. In other places of the kitchen, the drywall might just have to be sealed and repainted. Some parts of the studs might not have got badly charred and can be sanded down and treated instead of replaced.

If heat severely affected the kitchen cabinets, they too must get disposed of and reinstalled. If the charred region of the cabinets is not deep and large, then the cabinets can get sanded down and repainted or refinished. When working with most types of wooden materials, items can be saved if the charred region is less than a quarter inch deep. If you ever need help restoring severe burn damage at your place of residence, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 24 hours a day.

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Commercial Water Damage Experts Out Of Oakland Discuss Cost Saving Strategies

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Experts Out Of Oakland Discuss Cost Saving Strategies Excessive moisture that exists inside a building for a long time can cause several different issues to arise.

Commercial Water Damage

If an incident happens to take place inside your Oakland grocery store overnight, it is possible that you will come into your business in the morning to excessive damage. Sometimes appliances can malfunction, or pipes can break when your company is closed, and nobody is inside the building. When this happens, it's likely that water flows into the structure all night long causing your products and building materials to get saturated.

Excessive moisture that exists inside a building for a long time can cause several different issues to arise. During any commercial water damage project in Oakland, reducing moisture levels quickly is vital in preventing secondary problems. When contents and structural components inside your store get wet, they can become ruined. If materials stay saturated for an extended period they may lose their structural integrity.

To prevent microbial growth, our SERVPRO technicians know that it is essential to bring moisture levels back to preloss conditions within 48 hours. We also know that when disasters take place at your place of business that reducing the cost is vital. Our IICRC certified team develops a plan for the project that interferes with your business' functions as little as possible.

In some severe cases, our SERVPRO technicians must remove several of your grocery store's products so that we can dry the contents and your building's structural materials. However, before we pack up several of your items and move them to another location, we see if there are places inside the building that we can temporarily store your products. In many cases, items can be placed in an unaffected area of your store. There may be a storage area that has room for your contents, or a mobile storage unit can be placed on your property.

We know that restoration work can be a process that causes your business a loss of revenue. Our experienced SERVPRO crew often changes the way they mitigate issues so that our work does not prevent your company from functioning as usual. In some situations, we accomplish this task by doing the required work a small section at a time so that your grocery store can stay open throughout the process. If you ever need help saving money when a disaster happens at your business, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 any day of the week.

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Choosing Professional Fire Restoration For Your Oakland Home

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Choosing Professional Fire Restoration For Your Oakland Home Finding your home at the mercy of fire is nothing that any homeowner wants to experience.

Professional Fire Restoration For Your Home

As an Oakland homeowner, you come to appreciate all of the various disasters and natural events that could adversely affect your residence. While you work hard to prevent these things from having a dramatic toll on the structural integrity of your property or ruining your possessions, it is not effective for all of the potential threats that you face. Fire, for example, can spark up from any number of circumstances and within a short period, can cause untold damage to your home.

Finding your home at the mercy of fire is nothing that any homeowner wants to experience. With the wide array of fire damage that could result from the unfortunate circumstance, your Oakland home might seem unsalvageable once the blaze gets extinguished. Fortunately, these effects are not something that you have to face alone. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to overcome this widespread damage and reclaim your home's original condition quickly.

When our team arrives at your house following the initial call, our estimator is one of the first to get a good look at the damage that you face. Their job here is to assess the full scope of the damage, what contents of your home require further concentrated cleaning and restoration, what services are necessary for restoration, the personnel required, and finally, what areas and items are unsalvageable.

Our SERVPRO professionals often have to overcome secondary damages before the restoration can officially begin. Instances like water damage left behind from the extinguishment provide a hurdle to get past before work can begin on the rest of the affected areas. Through soot/smoke cleaning, deodorization, material removal and more, our certified restoration technicians work systematically to deal with every lingering effect directly.

Finding yourself staring at the effects of a recent fire in your home can leave you stressed and overwhelmed about what it takes to get your home back to preloss conditions. If you put your trust in our SERVPRO of San Leandro fire restoration technicians, this often massive project does not have to rest on your shoulders alone. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (510) 352-2480.

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Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Oakland Talk About Content Drying

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Oakland Talk About Content Drying Don't Be a Dummy in Oakland, Call SERVPRO to Keep Your Retail Shop Open for Business After a Water Loss

SERVPRO Follows Best Practices for Water Removal and Minimal Disruptions to Your Retail Shop

If a pipe breaks inside the building that your Oakland clothing store is in, water can ruin many things that can cost your business considerable money. Excessive moisture can damage multiple items inside your store such as your building materials and products. Water can cause mildew-like odors to exist in porous materials leaving your store smelling unpleasant.
If moisture does not get removed within 48 hours, then it is possible that mold develops.

When mitigating commercial water damage in Oakland rapid structural drying occurs to reduce the chances of microbial growth. Our SERVPRO technicians set up air movers and dehumidifiers to speed up the rate of natural evaporation.

During any restoration project that takes place in your business, we take special measures to reduce a loss of revenue. We know that your products are important and try to keep them from getting ruined. Moisture can cause problems with specialized cloth materials sometimes requiring our SERVPRO technicians to dry them separate from the structural materials.

In many cases, if contents that are fabricated of porous materials get wet, then it is difficult to dry everything in the same area in a short period. Often we move your clothing inventory into a separate unaffected room where we can control the environment. When drying out porous materials temperature and dehumidification are vital when attempting to drop moisture levels.

Dehumidifiers speed up evaporation by removing the water out of the air and dispensing it into a container in liquid form. As moisture naturally evaporates from the wet items, it fills the air with water vapor increasing the room's relative humidity. Dehumidifiers lower the humidity so that high levels do not slow down the natural evaporation rate, a process we often push to accelerate.

When drying structural contents, air movers get set up so that they blow air in a counterclockwise motion. The air coming from the moving system hits wet surfaces at a 45-degree angle pushing the wet air away from the surface so that moisture can keep evaporating off of the wet materials. Rapid drying also works best at higher temperatures sometimes our SERVPRO technicians add heat to the region being dried. Drying out your building materials and contents inside your shop can help keep certain items from getting removed and replaced.

If completed correctly, drying can help reduce the overall cost the damage causes your company. Whenever you need help mitigating problems at your clothing shop, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 24/7.

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Removing Mold Damage From Oakland Commercial Property

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Removing Mold Damage From Oakland Commercial Property Oakland Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

SERVPRO Employs Many Methods for Mold Remediation to Commercial Materials

Oakland is a vibrant, growing city with an incredible variety of neighborhoods and businesses. One thing that puts them all at risk for property damage and restoration costs, however, is mold growth.

Oakland commercial mold damage affects property and structures, especially structures that can be taken down and moved from one location to another. Party planners use everything from bouncy castles to tents, and other awnings in all types of weather. If they are not properly cleaned and dried, mold can quickly expand and grow into a large colony. SERVPRO technicians train to clean and restore all of these surfaces and items.

Although mold cannot penetrate the rubber and plastic of inflatable playground equipment, it can grow in the soil and other debris not cleaned off the surface. Washing it off with a hose normally does enough to control mold growth, but if the item remains in storage for an extended time, the owner can unroll the item weeks later to find mold on every surface and in each crevice.

To clean them, SERVPRO technicians stretch each one across the floor or over a rack. They spray it with an anti-fungal cleaning agent and use a scrubbing brush to clean out each seam and crease. Once finished, team members allow the item to dry. If needed, they use air movers to force warm, dry air over the surface to speed the process.

Depending on the material, mold can grow into a tent or portable awning. Canvas and other porous fabrics are more vulnerable than rubber and can even serve as a food source for the mold spores. The cleaning procedures are the same as for the inflatable equipment, but the fabrics also retain odors. To remove them, our technicians either add a deodorizing agent to the cleaner or apply it to the surfaces after cleaning.

If the mold odors remain after cleaning, our restoration specialists can use an ozone machine to generate particles that bind themselves to the odor-causing particles. The binding changes them, eliminating the odors.

Eliminating mold damage is not a quick process, but SERVPRO of San Leandro’s goal is to help every business reopen its doors to serve the people of Oakland. If you need us, call today at
(510) 352-2480.

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Free Educational Programs for the Community

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

This article is about, educational programs including Lunch & Learns for San Leandro Insurance Agents, Property Managers & Building Engineer.

SERVPRO of San Leandro offers approved Continuing Education (CE) classes about: Water Damage Mitigation, Fire Cleanup, Mold Education, Odor Control and even Ethics.

Our classes are from two to three hours in duration, and they include a free lunch.

As the title to this article indicates, there are also less formal educational programs that include Lunch and Learn programs on a variety of topics. Classes are scheduled to include a breakfast or lunch. Topics are designed specifically for insurance agents, realtors and building engineers. We have programs that are fifteen minutes in length and expanded versions that are thirty minutes long. Often, we customize presentations for an organization’s specific needs. These lively programs stimulate questions. You can expect to spend another ten to fifteen minutes as we provide answers and engage in dialogue. (These programs do not provide State approved educational credits. However, some companies are able to apply certain topics to their “safety training” programs.)

Information about the disasters and the many problems that can affect your properties and your clients is important. We are always happy to share information about the remedies and solutions that make it, as our slogan says… "Like it never even happened."

In the San Leandro community, we have provided a number of CE Classes and many Lunch and Learn programs. We have customized programs for The San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, The Asian Business Alliance, The San Leandro School District and several real estate and property management companies.

Should you have interest in using our free education programs, please contact us at 510-352-2480. It would be a pleasure to work with you.

Mold Symptoms?!

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

When exposed to mold in either a residential or commercial building there are a few key symptoms to look out for.

The main signs and symptoms are the following:

a) Irritation - eyes, throat, nose

b) Congestion - nose, lungs

c) Asthma Attack(s)

d) Dry Skin

e) Sternutation aka Sneezing

If you feel or notice these symptoms please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of San Leandro.

(510) 352-2480

We will come in a jiff to remediate!

Restoration Companies Work for Who?

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Who Does the Restoration Company Work For?

In California, you (the “insured”) have a right to hire a contractor of your choice. When you hire SERVPRO of San Leandro, our contract is between us. You are the customer. If we are an approved vendor for your insurance provider, you remain our customer. Please understand that our relationship with your insurance company simply means that we are aware of their protocols and preferred invoicing program. We understand the high level of service they expect of us. All of which is to your benefit. We comply with the daily reports, photo documentation and indoor environmental reports they require. This demonstrates that our work is being performed 

Content Manipulation

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Content Manipulation Salvageable water damage contents by yours truly.

Unless you have experienced a serious water damage event at your office or home, you may not be aware that sometimes contents and furniture must be removed form a water damaged location.

Outstanding technicians like Jesse and Eugene work hard to remove furniture so it won't become ruined by the wet (humid) interior environment. Or, they may have to remove contents so they're not "in the way." It's a no-brainer to understand that drying or repairing an empty room is far easier and faster than working around a furnished space.  

At SERVPRO of San Leandro, we will use our experience to determine when a "pack-out" is the best option. When it's the right choice, we will let you know and we will even speak with your insurance adjuster or property manager. 

When we perform a packout, often on an emergency basis, we have a company motto, "SERVPRO of San Leandro.. the careful movers."  That phrase really means something because the faster we work at removing contents, the better chance we have of protecting and saving them. However, there's no point removing furniture only to damage it during the pack out. That's why we put extra "care" in the moving process. 

At SERVPRO of San Leandro we're well known for performing fire cleanup, water damage mitigation, mold remediation and specialized cleaning... we are also proud of the support service we provide such as pack-out and storage.

Should your office or home suffer any type of damage, we're here to make it... "like it never even happened."

At your service... SERVPRO of San Leandro 510-352-2480